RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

5-6, 179Born: 7-26-1995College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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Week 3: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. In week one, the Chicago Bears handed the ball off to running backs just 11 times: 5 times to Mike Davis and 6 times to David Montgomery. In week two, a slightly more productive offensive day, the Bears ran the ball 25 with its running backs: 18 times with David Montgomery, 4 times with Tarik Cohen, and 3 times with Mike Davis. David Montgomery entered the 2019 season as Chicago's expected-leading rusher, but week one put a damper on those expectations. Matt Nagy later came out and said that the Bears were going to be "easing [Montgomery] into" the offense. Montgomery was still only on the field for 44-percent of Chicago's offensive snaps in week two, and Nagy will need to avoid being this run-heavy with Montgomery in the game in the coming weeks, or else he will risk tipping his play-calls. Montgomery's uninspiring share of offensive snaps in the Chicago backfield lend to a genuine "running-back-by-committee" approach from Chicago Bears' offense for the near future. Chicago's offensive line is one of the league's most stable units, returning all five starters from last season, which bodes well for Montgomery and the rest of the Chicago backfield. The Washington Redskins were thrown into the gauntlet immediately to open the 2019 season. In weeks one and two, the Redskins took on two playoff-hopeful divisional rivals, and in week three they face off with another team with legitimate playoff aspirations in 2019; the Chicago Bears. Washington has struggled mightily against opposing rushing attacks through the first two weeks of the season, allowing at least 123 yards in each game. Washington's 5.2 yards-per-carry allowed to opponents also ranks 25th in the league. Over the offseason, Zach Brown, one of the league's top linebackers in 2018 against the run, left Washington via free agency. The Redskins attempted to fill this hole on the depth chart by signing former-Pittsburgh Steeler Jon Bostic. Unfortunately, Bostic has proven to be a liability against the run throughout his career. This significant downgrade at a critical position, in addition to a week one injury to Jonathan Allen, the team's best interior defensive lineman, have hampered what was otherwise expected to be a league-average run defense. In the meantime, until Allen returns, the Washington Redskins will field a defense devoid of difference-makers against the run, leaving them susceptible to allowing massive rushing performances down the road.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs GB 51 0 0 0 10 8.0 49 0 0 4.9
2 at DEN 23 4 18 0 5 2.0 7 0 0 2.5
3 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 5.2 * * * *
3 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 4.9 * * * *
3 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Tarik Cohen's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen played more of a traditional running back role than in week one, carrying the ball four times, but clearly a secondary option in the running game behind David Montgomery. Cohen caught two of his five targets, both of them on screen plays. Cohen looked explosive on the first but tried to cut all the way back across the field on his second and took a massive loss. He did get free down the field for a target that was broken up by a defender who made an excellent play. With the Chicago offense limited by Mitchell Trubisky, Cohen should remain a screen and short passing game target against Washington.

2019 Week 1 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 49 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen played a strong receiving role in the week one loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen had two carries that did not show up on his stat line but were called back by penalty so he left the game without an official carry, which was a good description of his role. Cohen was nearly exclusively a target in the slot, while Mike Davis and David Montgomery worked the traditional running back position. Cohen was used primarily in the short area passing game, including on the receiving end of RPOs. He was the leader in snaps for the Chicago backfield, but his snap count projects to be independent of Davis and Montgomery if the current deployment of the offense holds. Cohen will face Denver next week.

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Bears | Tarik Cohen manages just 25 yards (Mon Sep 16, 01:53 AM) - Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen registered 25 yards on six combined touches (four rushes, two receptions) in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

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Schedule

3@ Washington Redskins
4vs Minnesota Vikings
5@ Oakland Raiders
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs New Orleans Saints
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9@ Philadelphia Eagles
10vs Detroit Lions
11@ Los Angeles Rams
12vs New York Giants
13@ Detroit Lions
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15@ Green Bay Packers
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17@ Minnesota Vikings